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The Writers’ Union of Canada welcomes membership applications from professionally published authors working in any genre.

Applicants who have published a full-length book through a commercial or university press should complete the Simplified Application. All other applicants should complete the Extended Application, which awards points in a variety of categories.

Every application must pass before the Union’s membership committee for approval. This process usually takes 2–4 weeks for Simplified Applications and 6–10 weeks for Extended Applications (though it may take longer in some cases). A delayed response from TWUC does not in any way reflect the quality of your application.

Please note:

  • In order for your application to be processed, you must pay the membership application fee. The option to pay online will be provided after you submit the application. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be refunded the full fee. 
  • Application forms cannot be saved while in progress. We encourage you to review the appropriate form and ensure you have the necessary information available before beginning the application.
  • To request a printable version of either application form, please contact the Union at info@writersunion.ca or 416-703-8982.
  • Former members wishing to rejoin do not need to reapply. Please contact the Union at info@writersunion.ca or 416-703-8982 to complete the rejoin process. 

Eligibility

Eligibility for membership is determined using a points system that recognizes professional publication in a variety of formats and commitment to craft. Review the points system hereTo qualify for membership, applicants must earn 6 points from the criteria listed in the points system, with at least 3 points earned in Section 1: Publishing Criteria Points. 

Members must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and/or self-identify as an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) person born or resident in Canada.

Not yet eligible to join? TWUC offers lots of information for all writers in our resources section.

Cost

  • Special offer for new members: $100 for first year of membership
  • Annual membership: $205 ($200 if paid by cash, cheque, or money order)

The following voluntary discounted membership rates are also available:

  • Members over the age of 80: $155/year
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) members: $50/year

Did you know? Your annual dues can be claimed as a tax-deductible business expense.

We look forward to receiving your application!